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Natural Fibers

 

With over 37 years of experience in the natural bedding industry we have learned where to look when it comes to sourcing our natural fibers. Over time we have cultivated relationships with vendors who share our same values and principles.

Along with striving to bring you the best constructed product we can deliver we also place a huge emphasis on what it is made from. Just being natural or from organic fibers does not qualify a material to end up in a Sachi Organics product. We choose the best of the best when it comes to natural fibers for our products. 

We source as much domestically grown fibers and materials as possible. It is important to us as a business who values the environment to cultivate relationships with vendors who share our same values and principles.

Fabric

All Sachi products are covered in cotton fabric made from organic cotton fibers.

Bed Pillows, Travel Pillows, Rejuvenation, Shambho pillows, Quilts, Mattress Toppers
Cotton Sateen Fabric made from organic fibers.

Buckwheat, Millet pillows
Cotton Canvas fabric made from organic fibers.

Mattresses
Cotton Twill Fabric made from organic fibers.

Cotton

We have been a sourcing cotton from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative for over 20 years. The cotton batting we use in our pillows is unbleached and never treated with any chemicals or fire retardants.

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, expand biologically diverse agriculture, and prohibit the use of synthetic toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, as well as genetically engineered seed. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers meet strict federal regulations addressing methods and materials allowed in organic production.

Wool

The trademarked Eco Wool® we use is domestically sourced from one of the few wool mills still operating in the United States. The Woolgatherer Carding Mill has some of best wool we have ever worked with. Here's a little more information from the Woolgatherer.

Our trademarked Eco Wool® comprises much of the same steps as our GOTS Organic Wool with local, family-run farms. What makes our wool EcoWool®? We have worked with our primary wool providers to develop an evolving set of guidelines for EcoWool® producers. The following guidelines encourage growers to produce higher quality wool that is grown in a thoughtful, sustainable manner. We also carefully choose and blend specific types of wool to make our batting exceptionally soft and resilient.

Our Wool Growing Criteria

  • Proper Grazing Methods: Our growers rotate sheep to different pastures to allow vegetation to recover from grazing. Our wool also comes from farms that do not overstock their pastures. Overstocking and infrequent rotation produces soil erosion, higher amounts of invasive plants, and the need to bring in outside feed. Proper grazing techniques reduce soil erosion, create higher quality wool, and reduce the risk of sheep acquiring internal parasites.

  • Predator-Friendly: We encourage our growers to use trained sheep guardian dogs (rather than trapping, poisoning, or shooting) and the inclusion of other larger animals (such as llamas) to protect their flocks from predators. Predators play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

  • Healthy Veterinary Practices: Only certain kinds of medications and supplements can be used to treat Eco-sheep. We encourage alternative caring methods to keep sheep healthy with fewer chemicals. Generally, sheep raised in open pastures are healthier and require less veterinary care.

  • Chemical Control: We oppose the use of herbicides and pesticides on fields where sheep will be grazing. We are able to determine if wool has been in contact with harmful chemicals through random spot-testing.

  • Specifications for Breed, Color, Strength, and Micron-Width: Our wool blends use wool from six to eight different breeds of sheep. Our blends are chosen to create strong, durable wool batting that retains its loft and resiliency longer. We use a mix of coarse and finer wools with varying crimps to achieve our special batting.

  • Skirting: Skirting is the process of removing less desirable wool from the belly and rear of the sheep. This wool is separated on a skirting table and sold to other clients. Our wool is skirted at the time of shearing and checked again at the washing facility.

Practices We Oppose

  • Carbonizing: Wool fibers are dipped in strong acids to dissolve residual vegetable matter.

  • Chemical Crimping: After carbonizing, wool fibers are unnaturally straightened and require a chemical “perm” to regain their coiled, crimped structure.

  • Dipping: At many farms all sheep are subject to a bath in a pesticide solution. We recommend a more holistic approach.

  • Bleaching: In order to get the purest whites and brightest colors, most wool fibers are bleached and dyed. Our batting is the color of natural white wool.

  • Harmful Shearing: We work with highly skilled shearing crews to make this process as quick and harmless as possible.

  • Mulesing: Cutting patches of skin off sheep (to discourage infection and flies from laying eggs in the folds) is used primarily with Australian Merino sheep. None of our growers practice this method.

Overgrazing: In addition to harming the land, overgrazing lowers overall wool quality. More invasive plants begin to grow and can increase the amount of vegetable matter in the wool. More vegetable matter often makes carbonizing necessary.

 

Kapok

Our silky all natural kapok is imported. We make a point to use domestically sourced fibers but in this case kapok only grows in tropical regions. Kapok is the mass of silky fibers that surrounds the seeds of the kapok tree and are used as a filling for pillows. Kapok is hypoallergenic and has a similar feel to a feather pillow.

Natural Latex

Not all natural latex in created equal. Imported latex is generally lower quality compared to domestically produced latex. The latex in our mattresses comes from a family owned environmentally conscious company that produces natural lates in the United States. The FSC certified natural latex is produced with materials from responsibly managed forests and provides full transparency and traceability throughout the whole process.

Natural latex offers several outstanding advantages. This material is very elastic and flexible. It optimally supports the body during sleep. Natural latex also ensures excellent ventilation, so that surplus moisture is easily discharged. Natural latex can help repel bacteria, fungi and dust mites.

 

Buckwheat & Millet Hulls

We only use domestically sourced organic buckwheat and millet hulls in our pillows. We have been using the same midwest based supplier since we started making hull filled pillows.

Buckwheat hulls are large hulls that trap a lot of air which is then blown through the pillow when we move in our sleep. Buckwheat hulls rustle when we move. Millet hulls are tiny, they make no sound when they move and the filling feels smooth and velvety.

Millet hulls are not softer than buckwheat hulls, but they do feel more velvety because they are so tiny, round, and smooth.

All hull pillows are temperate (they do not take on heat in the summer or cold in the winter). Buckwheat hulls ventilate more easily given their large irregular shape. 

 

Zippers

All the Sachi Organics pillows feature zipper openings. This allows you to easily adjust the loft of your pillow to suite your comfort needs. We also sell all our raw materials so you can bring new life back to an older pillow or just make a pillow thicker if you wish. All natural fiber pillows will loose loft over time, instead of having to replace your pillow you can just refill it with new fresh filling. We exclusively use high quality, made in the United States, YKK Zippers.